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Earthquakes Hit Japan, One Near Fukushima Reactors

© Flickr / Matt Katzenberger Seismograph
Seismograph - Sputnik International
Two large earthquakes hit eastern Japan in one day, near Hokkaido and in the prefecture of Fukushima, where a nuclear accident took place in 2011, Japan Meteorological Agency reported on Friday.

Fiji - Sputnik International
Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Registered Near Fiji Islands - USGC
TOKYO (Sputnik) — A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck the Fukushima prefecture located on the Honshu Island in central Japan, early in the morning.

Later, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck the east of the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, its epicenter located at a depth of about 49 miles.

No information about damage or casualties was immediately available. A tsunami is not predicted.

Kyushu Electric Power's Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsumasendai, Kagoshima prefecture, on Japan's southern island of Kyushu - Sputnik International
Japan's First Nuclear Power Plant Restarts After Fukushima Meltdown
In 2011, the largest nuclear catastrophe in the world since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster took place in Japan, when the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was hit by a 46-foot tsunami, triggered by a 9.0 magnitude offshore earthquake. Three of the six reactors were destroyed.

The tsunami that struck the Fukushima reactor also killed almost 16,000 people, and destroyed 400,000 homes across an area covering over 200 square miles.

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